Peace, Justice & Freedom
The reason the general public fears police officers across the nation, is because armed boys in blue have the wrong idea about the nature of their jobs and the legal and ethical standards which determine the conditions of their employment.
But these days, a majority of the officers
in any given police bureau are under the impression that their job is to protect themselves from the public, regardless of the consequences. Some officers intimidate, attack or injure citizens at will. Their only punishment is a paid vacation. Then they are back on the streets, unpunished and unbowed. Many are multiple offenders, but protected by the thin blue lie.
In America, everyday people are NOT legally bound to “comply” with arbitrary orders, capricious demands or unconstitutional directions issued by hot-headed cops whose ego has been offended and gotten the better of their common sense.
Innocent unarmed citizens in Portland, Oregon (and across the nation) have been targeted, profiled accosted, attacked, roughed up, threatened, beaten and killed for standing while black, exercising their rights, or minding their own business.
This is why we fear the people we hired to protect us. Armed officers shoot first,
hurt and kill our neighbors, terrify our children and expect a get-out-of-jail free card,
a paid vacation and a pat on the back. Right.
As regards the unfortunate deaths of two officers in New York, everyone grieves for their families and hopes we can remove disaffected mental cases from the streets of the city.
But it is ingenuous to blame this madman on citizens exercising their constitutional rights. And sadly, bad behavior by some officers has made the general public, especially people of color, rightfully afraid to call the police. If Daryl Turner wants to know why we are afraid, he should take a look in the mirror.
The people of Portland want police officers to do their jobs: protect and serve the public they have been treating like the enemy. Guns, tanks, and storm troopers are not effective communicators. Instead of armed attacks, community police officers should provide assistance
and protection to citizens speaking their minds.
Blaming everyday people for the crimes of a nutcase in New York is sophomoric, sad and disrespectful.
Daryl doesn’t get it. He sounds like he’s making threats against the general public. Either we talk on his terms or he promises “darker days ahead.”
If these threats continue, we should take him serious make sure he gets fired.
Police Union President Equates Police Reform Protests with a “Culture of Hatred Toward Law Ento knowforcement,” Casts Blame for Murder of Two New York Cops
The president of Portland’s rank-and-file police union—clearly in an extremely emotional state over the slaying this weekend of two New York City police officers—has blamed the “cold-blooded assassination of two of New York’s finest” on ongoing demands for stronger police accountability in the wake of several high-profile shootings and deaths in custody this year.
Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, posted a letter to his members telling them that reasonable demands—for increased civilian oversight, expanded community policing, de-militarization of police forces, and a willingness to address and solve the racially disparate effects of policing, among others—are the very same thing as “creating a culture of hatred towards law enforcement nationwide.”
Turner’s statement casts his ire, and blame, equally at “media, politicians, and community activists [who] have been vilifying the police.” He goes on to say their words “fueled” the anger of the man who shot the two officers in New York—along with “the anger of many Americans.” It’s a statement that echoes the inflammatory “wartime” comment of New York’s leading police union boss.
“How did this happen? The cold-blooded assassination of two of New York’s finest in broad daylight? For months now, the media, politicians and community activists have been vilifying the police. They call us murderers and racists. Now, these same people who so quickly crucified the police are backpedaling. They are blaming a crazed gunman for the deplorable shooting. But it is their very words that fueled his anger and the anger of many Americans with unfounded accusations characterizing all police as brutal thugs. They have created a culture of hatred towards law enforcement nationwide.
This can’t go on.”
And it also misunderstands the community frustration that’s fueling what have largely been peaceful and constructive protests (other than when the same few people shout expletives at riot cops), not the other way around. In Portland, organizers led by young people of color have taken the streets with specific demands for change—and those organizers have pledged to hold monthly meetings with Mayor Charlie Hales to see some of those details become reality.
The police accountability movement in Portland is one reason why some of the strains at play in Ferguson and elsewhere, which even incoming Police Chief Larry O’Dea definitively sees as important enough to address, are better here than in other parts of the country.
Turner’s statement calls for a massive community conversation including cops and government officials so we can “stop the anti-police movement.” But that fails to understand the thrust of many of the conversations this city’s already been having—that they’re not anti-police, but pro- the kind of police bureau Portlanders want to see.
A police bureau where this sentiment, expressed over the summer by Mayor Charlie Hales, is true.
No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police. Yet we must honestly admit that, too often, this is not true for a wide swath of our community:
after the jump.
“This past Saturday, as I sat with my family, I could not help but to think about our two brothers in New York City who were ambushed and assassinated earlier that afternoon. These two officers chose a life of public service. They did not choose to be killed in cold blood. These officers will never again spend time with their families over the holidays. They will never hold or be held. They will never see their children grow. They will never work in their chosen profession, keeping communities safe and protecting the most vulnerable members of society. They will never again see the light of day.
I was overwhelmed with emotion as I looked around my living room at my loved ones. I can’t begin to imagine the grief and pain the families, friends, loved ones, and co-workers of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos are feeling.
How did this happen? The cold-blooded assassination of two of New York’s finest in broad daylight? For months now, the media, politicians and community activists have been vilifying the police. They call us murderers and racists. Now, these same people who so quickly crucified the police are backpedaling. They are blaming a crazed gunman for the deplorable shooting. But it is their very words that fueled his anger and the anger of many Americans with unfounded accusations characterizing all police as brutal thugs. They have created a culture of hatred towards law enforcement nationwide. This can’t go on.
So where do we go from here? What conversation do we have to make things better, to stop the anti-police environment, and to educate the public and politicians on what we do and why we do it? How do we encourage the media to stop the wholesale crucifixion of police officers for ratings while we are being killed in the streets of our own neighborhoods, protecting the communities we serve?
The only way to remedy the situation is to bring all the involved parties to the table to have a respectful, yet tough conversation; a conversation regarding support for the men and women who work in the communities 24/7, nationwide, while citizens eat, sleep, and live with the comfort of knowing they are safe. This conversation needs to start from the most junior officer, deputy, or trooper to the highest government official; from the minister at the pulpit to elementary school teachers. This conversation needs to be based on fact, not on fiction, political agendas, and headlines.
This conversation needs to happen now or
we will surely see darker days ahead.
To my brothers
—value your time
with your families and stay safe.